1st Set d1t01 Promised // Land d1t02 TLEO d1t03 Mama Tried> d1t04 Mexicali Blues d1t05 Peggy O d1t06 Lazy Lightning> d1t07 Supplication d1t08 Brown Eyed// Women d1t09 LLR d1t10 Althea d1t11 Passenger
2nd Set d2t01 China Cat Sunflower> d2t02 I Know You Rider d2t03 Lost Sailor d2t04 Don't Ease Me In d2t05 Estimated Prophet> d2t06 Eyes of the World> d2t07 Drums> d2t07fade (fade out) > d3t01fade (fade in) > d3t01 Space> d3t02 NFA> d3t03 Black Peter> d3t04 A & A
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
The Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried >
Lazy Lightning >
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider
Don't Ease Me In
Estimated Prophet >
Eyes Of The World >
Not Fade Away >
Black Peter >
Around and Around
Silence between end of CD 2 and beginning of CD 3 was eliminated for seamless transition between the two. Resulting SBEs were cleaned up with shntool. SHN files were converted to FLAC and overlapping fade tracks were added to the end of CD 2 and beginning of CD 3 for those wishing to burn to CD. Simply remove the fade tracks for seamless playback. Thanks to Scott Clugston for keeping all the music intact, allowing this fix to be made.
This was the first Brent show at Red Rocks and in Colorado. Red Rocks was such a blast for Dead shows (not always great for other bands, though), but overall this is on the bottom tier of the 20 shows there (it ain't 8/12/87, 7/27/82, 7/7/78, 9/7/83 or 9/5/85). Bottom tier at Red Rocks, as it turns out, is still an average, solid show - not that there's no highlights, it's just quite uneven. Brent does sound more comfortable than the Oakland shows the week before. This was supposed to be a 3-day run at the beloved venue, but with a storm the 2nd day the backup crew set up at McNichols Arena, 16mi downtown, for the next two days. Each day of the three has fine standouts, but with a flubby second set on the second day and a sometimes lackluster third day, this is probably the best of the run overall. If you take the 1st set the second day and the 2nd set on the third, you have a great show.
First Set. The 1st Set winner is a very uptempo Brown Eyed, but the SBD has a cut (I patched it with the AUD with fine results). Althea is the 3rd one - and they bail; no solo. Passenger used to be good; this was around the time they couldn't get it back, eventually dropping it. The rest is yr average '79.
Second Set. A little rough until partway though Rider. I dig Lost Sailor from this era, but this one's not memorable (it's also the 3rd one). Estimated, however is great (it's in the SMR Box)! It's 13 minutes of very 79-stylee, with a long middle groove, and then into an equally nice Eyes, which may be the most uptempo of the year? Even after the necessary pitch correction it's a roadrunner. The only thing keeping it from A+ territory is that Bobby's flat. A decent enough Not Fade, with a sideways start, has a unique stop-start jam. Around & Around improves in the second half. The stumbly encore is cut on the SBD.
1st Set: C+ 2nd Set: C
Overall = 3 stars
Brown-Eyed Women - top 5 of '79
Estimated Prophet - maybe top 3 of '79
Eyes of the World - for uptempo fans; delicious
SOURCES: The clugston_tetzeli_fix-9288 has the best image and clarity but it runs more than a halftone too fast (needs -3% pitch correction), making Bobby sound like Minnie Mouse. There is also some buzzing from harmonic or RF interference. There are cuts on the SBD on BEW and USB. The 130347_MrBill corrects the SBD pitch error and roughly patches the cuts with an AUD. The Cousin It is the best AUD, though the AUDs are a tad fast. Estimated is on So Many Roads.
November 4, 2010 Subject:
Thanks! My first show!
It's nice to have access to a soundboard quality recording of my first Dead concert ever. Just barely sixteen years old, my buddies and I had pacted months prior to do whatever it would take to be there. Wow! What a long strange trip for a first-timer. (Lots of tales here.) No matter what people tell you, you can't ever get your head around being at a Dead concert without plunging right in. There truly is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. A couple of notables: I think this was the revival of China Cat/Rider, not having been played in a couple of years, correct? As noted by previous reviewer, very early Lost Sailor and Althea. (For a few months we labeled 'Lost Sailor' as 'Driftin' and Dreamin'. Sweet melodies for a new song, marking the new Brent-era. (Hope to meet you in the resurrection, man.) The rain, the rocks, the cool crowd, the not-too-cool cops and security, the Rockies, the depleted town of Morrison and its blessed clothes dryers. Oh, and the 2 fine ladies from Grinnell College in Iowa who pulled me from the ashes the night before the shows and led me to my tix on the bright sunny morning of this show. Thanks for the recording, excellent reproduction of melodies that still ring in my head down to this day. - Jester
September 27, 2009 Subject:
The organ in this mix Shines! Right from the start, excellent recording
November 24, 2008 Subject:
Glad they made a board of this one!
I was taping during the 1st set and got busted by an obviously ignorant Red Rocks security employee who confiscated my equipment. So what was I to do, other that go up to the front, being consoled by a nice "Fenario" and as usual hot "Lazy Lightin"? Not to mention the "Looks like Rain" for the impending weather that later manifested itself heavily during the 2nd set; the very new "Althea", a fun "Passenger" which was entering its best but last period of performances i.e. during the early Brent era; yet obviously bummed that I wasn't recording those tunes!
These all amounted to to what turned out to be, (since I didn't get around to, (yet I almost did), seeing them in 1973-4), one of the only 2 or 3 times I ever saw them play 13 tunes in the 1st set! I only saw them do 12 a couple of times as well.
However little did I know, until the break that shortly after I got busted, the security guy came back to my original location to return my gear so I could continue, since apparently some kind soul with the band's crew said "don't worry about it" and to give back the gear! Remember this is 5 years before recording was officially allowed! Well since I was not to be found, they left my gear with the nice folks around where I was, who kindly continued the rest of the 1st set and barely missed much!
But since the board tape came out I recorded over my master so I don't recall just how much exactly was missing, yet I believe they taped Fenario onward, and obviously I continued during the rainy 2nd set during which they played the then, (like "Althea"), very new "Lost Sailor". Only in Oakland, had those been played prior to this, I think?
Weir also did some nice slide work during "Not Fade Away". And the "Estimated Prophet" from this show was released as part of the "So Many Roads" collection Album! God bless the idiot who fell off the rocks on the stage right side, to his doom before the show even started! I didn't actually see him fall, but I can remember them trying to convince him to get down to no avail!